Review: RealPlayer SP

Gerald Lynch Computers, Reviews, Software, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Name: RealPlayer SP Type: Media managing/ web video downloading and converting software Price: £24.99 (Free version also available) Once a leading light in media managing solutions, Real Networks began to build a bad reputation for themselves by bloating their…

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Sony Ericsson Zylo and Spiro Walkman phones revealed

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Sony Ericsson have just revealed two brand new Walkman phones, named the Zylo and Spiro. Both phones are, as you'd imagine, very music focussed, with both featuring Sony Ericsson's TrackID and PlayNow, the phone maker's own takes on Shazam and…

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Nokia X9 running Symbian^4 pics leaked, specs too good to be true?

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Pictures of what looks to apparently be the Nokia X9 have leaked online. Looking to be a direct successor to the Nokia X6 in both form and function, it's looking to be a very impressive handset indeed. Running Symbian^4 ,…

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Leaked: Archos 2 and Archos 4 portable media players

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If you’re a fan of Archos’ brand of MP3 and video players – and lots of people are – then you might be at least moderately excited by the news that some pictures of new models have just leaked. Well, if you call ‘being put up on Amazon‘ leaked.

The specs aren’t anything to run through the streets, naked and screaming, about. There’s 8GB capacity for the “2”, MicroSD slot and 1.8″ display. It’s only .35 inches thick, though, and costs a similarly miniscule $60. I’d imagine that’ll probably translate directly over to £50 to £60, especially as a 16GB version has hit Amazon DE for €68.

(via Engadget)

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BenQ announces the nStation i91 and i221

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Display manufacturer BenQ looks like it’s branching out – it’s announced two all-in-one PCs. There’s an 18.5″ model, as well as a 21.5″ one. Let’s look at the former first.

The i91 (pictured above) has a 16:9 widescreen display, with an AMD Sempron 210U processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. That’s not too impressive, really. There’s a a webcam and a card reader, too.

Sat on the bottom-right of the display, though, is a whopping great big hi-fi-style knob for adjusting the volume, and shutting down the PC. Interesting move. It’s evident that this is being pitched for a multimedia market, then.

Then there’s a slightly larger model, the 21.5″ i221. No word on any detail on that yet though, and no word on release dates or price for either model. Oh well.

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Duncan Geere Digital set-top boxes, Home cinema, Video Reviews Leave a Comment

Over Christmas I ate a lot of turkey, drank a lot of wine, and fiddled endlessly with this – the Emtec S800 movie cube. I’ll break it to you now – it’s not a cube – but it is a great little home entertainment set-top-box that lets you stream video over a network and record television.

Not one for the technophobic amongst you, but if you like tinkering with your AV setup then it comes highly recommended. It costs £230 and the company claims it’s available now from Dixons, but I certainly can’t see it on the site, or anywhere else for that matter. If you know where you can buy it in the UK, drop us a line in the comments.

Related posts: Emtec S800 HDD Movie Cube – an all-in-one digital media set-top-box | Emtec launches Movie Cube-R multimedia centre

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CES 2009: Cisco announces Internet-connected Media Hub: get your music and video organised

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Cisco has announced its new Media Hub (well, the Linksys by Cisco Media Hub, but that’s a bit of a “my company owns your brand” mouthful) which allows users to consolidate their home multimedia libraries and access them from their network or over the Internet.

The Hub comes preloaded with a general media server as well as an iTunes server, and automatically searches the network for other media devices, presenting music, pictures and video within a simple web browser…

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Buffalo launches BitTorrent-friendly LinkStation Quad: up to 4TB of storage

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Buffalo has really pushed the boat out with its latest high capacity hard drive. The LinkStation Quad can store up to four terabytes of data, be that multimedia, backup, or other data, and allows web access to those files plus media streaming to an iPhone.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a built-in BitTorrent client which allows files to be downloaded directly to the device, after configuring from a PC control panel, without the need for other computers to remain powered up. How quickly can you fill up four terabytes?…

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